Friday, February 26, 2010

Sausage, Peppers & Onions

Although this classic has many versions, I, too, have
also created my own version - Enjoy!

You will need:

6-8 Pork Sausages (sweet or hot)
2 Green Peppers
1 Red Pepper
1 Yellow Pepper
1 Large Vidalia Onion
2 Cups Chicken Stock
3 oz. of Tomato Paste
3-4 Cloves of Garlic
1/2 Tsp. Rubbed Sage
1 Tsp. Dried Oregano
1 Tsp. Dried Basil
1/4 Tsp. Fennel Seed
Salt & Pepper


2 Choices of cooking sausage:

Coat each sausage with a little Olive Oil and place
on Med-High Grill or fry pan; turning frequently
until lightly browned all over.

I prefer the grill because it really brings out the
flavor! Let's move on...

Place cooked sausage in tin foil and set
aside. Meanwhile, wash the Peppers in cold
water and cut slices of about a 1/4" in width.
Do the same with the onion. Place the Peppers
and Onion in a deep skillet and coat the
peppers/onion generously with olive oil.

Place Heat on Medium; Sautee for about 10 minutes
(with the lid on) and add the garlic; cook an
additional 3 minutes and then add chicken stock,
tomato paste and herbs.

While this is cooking, take the sausages and cut
into medallions. allow Peppers/Onion to cook
COVERED for another 8-10 minutes.

Add the sausage medallions into the mixture and
gently mix together ingredients. Cook for another
5 minutes and serve over spaghetti or on a hoagie!
You can also grate some Asiago or Parmesan Cheese
as a tasty garnish too! Freeze the remainder in
canning jars or resealable containers.

Bon Appetite!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Chef B's Meatballs

2 lbs. Ground Beef (80/20)
1/2 C. Fresh Grated Asiago Cheese
1/2 C. Fresh Grated Parmesan Cheese
1/4 C. Fresh Grated Pecorino Romano Cheese
1 Tsp. Finely Chopped Fresh Oregano
1 Tbsp. Finely Chopped Fresh Basil
1 Tbsp. Finely Chopped Fresh Parsley
1/4 C. Finely Chopped Shallot or Onion
4 Cloves Finely Chopped Garlic
3/4 C. Breadcrumbs
4 oz. of Tomato Paste
Splash of Worcestershire Sauce
2 Eggs

Mix all ingredients together with your hands just
until blended and make 1.5" width meatballs - these
meatballs are larger than normal, but they're perfectly
sized to make meatball Subs with or use them with my
homemade BBQ sauce (Click Here for Recipe).

Place meatballs on foil lined baking sheet and bake
at 375 for approximately 20-25 minutes.

Bon Appetite!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Chef "B"s BBQ Sauce

40 oz. Bottle of Catsup
1/2 Cup packed Brown Sugar
1/2 Tsp. Dry Mustard
1/2 Tsp. Onion Powder
1/2 Tsp. Garlic Powder
3 Tbsp. Paprika
1 Tbsp. Yellow Mustard
1/4 Cup Honey
3 Tbsp. Molasses
2 Tbsp. Worcestershire Sauce
4 oz. Tomato Paste
Splash of Hot Sauce
Juice from 1 Whole Lemon
1/2 C. Cold Water
1 Tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar
Salt (to taste)
Pepper(to taste)

Whisk all ingredients in a mixer bowl and place
on low/med heat in a medium saucepan for approximately
20 minutes - stirring occasionally. The heating of all
the ingredients allow them to release all the flavors
and blend together! Allow to cool and store in an air-tight

For easy dispensing of what you need, I recommend
using a condiment plastic squeeze bottle (like the
ones you use in restaurants or diners). This is a thick
and hearty BBQ sauce! I would also recommend storing what
you have leftover in Ball (Mason) Jars.

This sauce is perfect for my Cheese-filled BBQ Bacon-wrapped
Chicken Breast

Bon Appetite!

Baked Cheezy-BBQ-Bacon Chicken

2-4 Skinless & Boneless Chicken Breasts
1/2 C. Shredded Cheddar Cheese
1/2 C. Asiago Cheese
1/2 C. Parmesan Cheese
1 lb. Center Cut Bacon
Chef "B"s BBQ Sauce for Topping (Click Here for Recipe)


Take a thin-bladed knife (fillet knife works good)
and cut "pockets" into the chicken breast lengthwise.
Combine all 3 cheeses (You can decide what cheeses
you would like) and stuff them into each chicken breast.

Take strips of bacon and wrap each entire breast (not
lengthwise) and place on a baking sheet (tinfoil lined)
and bake at 400 degrees for approximately 20-25 minutes
or until bacon is "crisp".

Remove breasts from baking sheet and generously drizzle
or coat each breast in BBQ Sauce. I recommend heating up
the BBQ sauce and using a ladel to coat the breasts.

Bon Appetite!